Power Rankings Week 23

This method of ranking team performance factors in point per game, strength of schedule, and goal difference. This isn't an attempt to predict the final table, but rather a way to measure a team's form.

EASTERN CONFERENCE

  1. NYRB II (↔): Smashed Hartford 5-1 on the road. With Tampa Bay dropping points, they have a decent cushion at the top.

  2. Tampa Bay Rowdies (↔): Lost 1-0 at home to Birmingham in one of the biggest shock results of the season. Still an elite side in the East, but they've shown some vulnerabilities recently.

  3. Nashville SC (↑1): Went on a 4-0 route of Hartford midweek, before squandering plenty of chances at home against Bethlehem in a 0-0 draw. On a 5 match unbeaten streak, but missed a huge chance to gain ground on Tampa, and are just two points ahead of an Indy side that has three games in hand.

  4. Pittsburgh Riverhounds (↓1): Squeezed out a 3-2 win at home against Swope Park. With games in hand on most teams ahead of them and a surprisingly efficient attack, they look like pushing the teams at the top.

  5. Indy Eleven (↔): No match this week. They're only seven points out of first with three games in hand, and with the talent they have in their squad, don't be surprised if they push for first place in the East.

  6. North Carolina FC (↔): Left it late, but got three points on the road against a Memphis side that's improved recently.

  7. Ottawa Fury FC (↔): No match this week.

  8. Louisville City FC (↔): After struggling recently, the reigning champions bounced back with a 5-1 thrashing of Atlanta United 2.

  9. Saint Louis FC (↔): Drew 1-1 with Charleston in a pretty forgettable home performance.

  10. Charleston Battery (↔): Went on the road to Saint Louis and came away with a point. After looking like a potential top four side earlier, they've been fairly average recently.

  11. Charlotte Independence (↔): Held on for a 3-3 draw in Loudoun, despite being on the back foot for most of the match. Took their chances really well.

  12. Loudoun United FC (↔): Dominated Charlotte in the first match at Segra Field, and should have come away with the win, but poor defending saw them drop points.

  13. Memphis 901 FC (↔): Put in a really good fight against NCFC, but saw a much needed point slip away in the 88th minute.

  14. Birmingham Legion FC (↑1): Went to Tampa Bay and shocked the league with a 1-0 win. Currently in 10th, a playoff spot doesn't look so unlikely.

  15. Bethlehem Steel (↓1): Went to Nashville and defended well to come away with a point.

  16. Swope Park Rangers (↔): Put in a strong performance in Pittsburgh, but lost 3-2.

  17. Atlanta United 2 (↑1): Smashed on the road by Louisville City.

  18. Hartford Athletic (↓1): Lost to Nashville and New York, conceding nine in the process. They've authoritatively dispelled any notion that they're a good team.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

  1. Phoenix Rising FC (↔): It took a late penalty to beat a 10-man El Paso side, but hard to complain when they've won 13 straight and look likely to break the single-season points record.

  2. Fresno FC (↑1): Beat OKC 2-1 to move up into second.

  3. Reno 1868 FC (↓1): Beaten 4-1 by San Antonio at home in a surprising loss. They have one of the elite attacks in USL, but they concede 1.5 a game. They have to sort out their defense to make a playoff run.

  4. Real Monarchs SLC (↑2): Smashed Tulsa 4-1 to move up two spots.

  5. New Mexico United (↓1): After a resurgence in recent weeks, a 3-2 loss in Portland sees them drop into fifth.

  6. Sacramento Republic FC (↓1): Drew 0-0 in Las Vegas.

  7. San Antonio FC (↑1): Won handily on the road in Reno to move up a spot. After a fairly average start to the season, they look like pushing for a top four spot.

  8. Portland Timbers 2 (↓1): Drew with Colorado Springs midweek before winning at home against New Mexico.

  9. El Paso Locomotive FC (↑2): Put up a good fight on the road in Phoenix, but went down to 10 men and lost 2-1.

  10. Las Vegas Lights FC (↑2): Went to Sacramento and came away with a well-earned 0-0 draw.

  11. Austin Bold FC (↓1): Had two players sent off in a 3-1 loss to LA Galaxy II. Somehow they're still in fifth place in the table.

  12. LA Galaxy II (↑3): Went to Austin and won 3-1. Still very much alive in the playoff hunt.

  13. Orange County SC (↓3): Drop three spots after losing 2-1 to Tacoma, the worst team in the league.

  14. OKC Energy (↓1): Lost 2-1 at home to Fresno.

  15. Rio Grande Valley FC (↓1): A stoppage time equalizer cost them a much-needed win against Colorado Springs.

  16. Tulsa Roughnecks FC (↔): Beaten 4-1 by Real Monarchs.

  17. CS Switchbacks FC (↔): Draws against Portland and RGV Toros weren't enough to dig them out of a sizeable hole at the bottom.

  18. Tacoma Defiance (↔): Like Colorado Springs, even a win isn't enough to dig them out of a massive hole. They're all alone at the bottom of the West and the league as a whole.

PROJECTED TABLES


This method of table projection takes the average points a team has earned at home and away and factors them across their remaining matches.




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